In an absolutely shocking move, the United States House of Representatives has failed to pass the digital TV transition delay bill that was all but certain
to fly through just days ago. The bill needed two-thirds of the votes of the House under "special rules adopted for the vote," and reportedly, the vote was just 258 to 168 in favor of changing the date. As it stands, an estimated 6.5 million Americans are not yet prepared for the switch -- which is now back on track for February 17th
-- and the money well
for government-issued vouchers has ran dry. Honestly, we're elated to hear the news. The February date has been blasted from the rooftops for years now, and changing it this late in the game would wreak all kinds of havoc in the industry, not to mention instill even more confusion
. Soon-to-be-vacated airwaves
, we're ready for you.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]